Data Entry Keyer  What They Do

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Data Entry Keyers Career Video

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dotThere's more to data entry than mindlessly typing words and numbers on a computer screen.

Data entry clerks must have good computer skills and upgrade those skills to stay at the forefront of ever-changing technology. The job requires focus and careful attention to detail. It also requires excellent spelling and proofreading skills.

Data entry clerks enter information into computer databases. Data may include lists of addresses, names or numbers. The information may appear on a form, or in a recorded voice message. Data entry clerks key the information into the computer, so there's an electronic record of it. They may also verify data to ensure its accuracy.

The data may involve customer information, medical information, insurance information, membership list information, reservation information or transcription information.

dotEmployers include the government, universities and organizations with large databases. Many data entry clerks are able to work from home.

dotData entry clerks must be able to type quickly and accurately. They must be able to handle a variety of data entry tasks, some of which are quite repetitive. They must also work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines on a regular basis.

Advancing technology is replacing some data entry jobs. For instance, voice recognition software may eventually replace the need for medical transcriptionists. Optical character recognition systems are replacing the need for data entry clerks who work with handwritten documents, such as health insurance claims. However, data entry clerks may still be needed to verify the results and type in missing or incorrect information.

To ensure employment, data entry clerks should learn a variety of skills and tasks, and gain knowledge about the field in which they work.

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Type information into computer databases

  • You get to handle a variety of tasks
  • Good computer and keyboarding skills are key
  • You could work for the government, a university or a large organization